On this day in 2014: Lizzie Armitstead and Geraint Thomas win Commonwealth Gold


Lizzie Armitstead and Geraint Thomas won gold in the road races on the final day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on this day in 2014.

Armitstead – now Lizzie Deignan – led a one-two in England ahead of retired teammate Emma Pooley in a thrilling women’s race.

Pooley played a brilliant, selfless part in the 98km event – seven laps of a 14km hilly course – in her last race before switching to long-distance triathlon, finishing the race with silver when the 25-year-old Armitstead triumphed.

Lizzie Armitstead, center, during the road race (Tim Ireland/PA)

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“I just feel like I deserve it,” said the Otley rider, who took silver four years ago in Delhi behind Australia’s Rochelle Gilmore and secured the first British medal from London 2012, with Olympic silver behind Marianne Vos Holland.

“I’ve been training so hard. I’m always on the podium, I don’t win that many races.

“It’s just a matter of trust. Once you have a big title, you can finally call yourself a champion.”

England finished with 174 medals, 58 of which were gold.

Thomas won gold for Wales in the men’s race, triumphing in torrential rain in a race of survival and brute force.

Geraint Thomas celebrates road race gold (Tim Ireland/PA)

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The 28-year-old from Cardiff, who had just finished the Tour de France a week earlier, suffered two front punctures, including in the final six kilometers as his rivals closed in.

But Thomas won alone by a minute and 21 seconds as Jack Bauer of New Zealand defeated England’s Scott Thwaites for a silver, the Yorkshire man having to settle for a bronze.

“Riding the Tour beforehand only adds to how good it feels to walk away with two medals. I really didn’t expect that,” said Thomas, who also took bronze in the road time trial.

“I just came out of national pride and wanted to drive for Wales. I never really expected to win a medal to be honest.

“To walk away with a win and bronze is more than I could have dreamed of.” On this day in 2014: Lizzie Armitstead and Geraint Thomas win Commonwealth Gold

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